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Actuary of the future: Liberty Gordon-Brown

Liberty Gordon-Brown
Employer and area of work
Towers Watson – retirement.

How would your best friend describe you?
Playful, determined and terrified of missing out.

What motivates you?
Getting a rough check within 15%.

What would be your personal motto?
‘Keep calm and math on’.

Name five dream companions to be stuck on a desert island with?
Mary Berry – she can bake me cakes; Bear Grylls – he has good survival skills; Ed Sheeran – he can play his guitar around the camp fire; Dr Christian Jessen – he can look after me if I get sick; Michael McIntyre – he can make us all laugh.

What’s your most ‘actuarial’ habit?
Working out who owes what when the bill arrives at a restaurant.

Favourite Excel function?  
IFERROR – it tends to hide mistakes.

How do you relax away from the office?  
I do quite a lot of running, but mainly just hanging out with my friends.

Alternative career choice?
I used to want to be an astronaut until I was told I was too short to pursue this.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
I stapled my finger to some papers, and didn’t realise for an hour.

What song best describes your work ethic?
Gotta Get Thru This – Daniel Bedingfield.

Greatest risk you have ever taken?
Sending out a calculation that had only been through two other people!

If you could go back in history, who would you like to meet?
John Graunt – he constructed one of the first-ever life tables. Without him, I’d probably be working in McDonald’s or something.

If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you, and why?
Chloë Grace Moretz – I took a quiz on BuzzFeed. You can always trust a good formula!

If you could be anyone else, who would it be?
Gordon Brown.